TODAY’S – Turkish choreographer Teker marks 35th year in dance with premiere

Turkish choreographer Teker marks 35th year in dance with premiereInternationally acclaimed choreographer AydIn Teker, one of the pioneers of contemporary dance in Turkey, is celebrating the 35th anniversary of his career with a new performance he is set to unveil this week in Istanbul.The new piece, titled andldquoHallo!,andrdquo set to have its world premiere on Friday evening at the Moda Theater in KadIky, also marks Tekerand#39s 52 years in arts, according to a statement issued this week by the AydIn Teker Dance Company.

Teker is also the director of andldquoHallo!,andrdquo which features a solo performance by dancer-choreographer Gizem Aksu. The 70-minute piece, which Teker has dedicated to his daughter, is an experimental take on andldquothe depths of not being heard and not hearing,andrdquo the companyand#39s statement said.

Teker, who graduated from the Ankara State Conservatoryand#39s ballet department in 1973, was a dancer with the Ankara State Opera and Ballet for a brief period before traveling first to Britain and then to the United States to study modern dance. In the 1990s, he returned to New York on a Fulbright research grant.

Tekerand#39s choreographies have been staged on numerous stages worldwide, including in Germany, the US, Belgium, Brazil, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, the Netherlands, the UK, Italy, Spain, Singapore and Canada, among other countries. His work is also part of the standard repertoires of the state opera and ballet companies of Ankara and Istanbul.

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman